As Turkey marked the first year anniversary of the failed coup on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his supporters in a speech that his government will “chop off the heads” of the traitors, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Speaking in front of a boisterous crowd during a rally in Istanbul, Erdogan vowed: “First of all we will chop off the heads of those traitors.”
Erdogan delivered his speech at the bridge over Bosphorus, which was the site of the fiercest fighting between the government troops and the coup plotters on July 15, 2016.
He also told the Turkish people that he considering bringing back the death penalty, prompting loud cheers from the crowd.
But a move to reintroduce capital punishment, which Ankara abolished in 2004, would effectively end the country’s ambitions to join the European Union.
About 150,000 people have been removed or suspended and over 50,000 arrested for alleged involvement to the coup.